We will have to wait and see what caused a North Korean soldier to shoot two of his leaders before deciding to defect, but I would be very surprised if this becomes some kind of new trend in regards to defection from the country:
A North Korean soldier killed two of his officers Saturday and defected toSouth Korea across the countries’ heavily armed border in a rare crossing that prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border patrol, officials said.
The soldier shot his platoon and company commanders before crossing the western side of the Demilitarized Zone at around noon, a Defence Ministry official said, citing the soldier’s statement after he was taken into custody by South Korean border guards.
The official declined to be named because questioning by authorities was ongoing. He said the soldier used a loudspeaker to let South Korean border guards know his intention to defect after the killings. The official said the motive behind the defection was unclear.
No unusual military movement was detected from the North Korean side of the border after the crossing, but South Korea immediately instructed its border troops to step up their guard, a South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff official said. He also declined to be named, citing office rules.
There was no immediate comment from communist North Korea’s state-run media. [The Associated Press]
According to the rest of the article the incident took place along the western DMZ near the Kaesong Industrial Complex. So this soldier would have had more exposure to South Koreans due to his proximity to the complex plus being able to see the bright glow of Seoul down the road from the DMZ. However, I think something else the South Korean government will have to think about is whether or not they are sheltering a criminal? This guy murdered two of his supervisors after all for unknown reasons. Once again the South Korean authorities will need to determine what happened.